Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Curtain Call: Eyes Like Stars

This is the final day of the Children's Book Blog tour of Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. Today I will give you the author's information.

And here’s an author bio:

Lisa Mantchev grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She can pinpoint her first forays into fiction to the short stories she thumped out on an ancient typewriter. Playwriting came a few years later with an adaptation of Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird for May Day Festival in the fourth grade.

Starting at the age of seven, she appeared in community theater productions of South Pacific, Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast and Magic Theater. In high school, she appeared in productions of Grease and Eleemosynary before writing, directing and producing a children’s play for the Ukiah Player’s Theater. She then received two scholarships to study drama at the University of California, Irvine. Her senior year at UCI, she wrote Seeking Therapy, which was produced through the playwright’s class. Lisa also won the Chancellor’s Award For Undergraduate Research in Drama her senior year while studying in the Campuswide Honors Program.

After graduation, Lisa taught English at the Lycée Internationale de Los Angeles and created their Drama After School Program. In between report cards and drafting scripts for Winter and Spring productions, she returned to writing fiction. Her first professional short fiction sale was in 2002, and her debut trilogy sold in 2007.

She makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her husband Angel, her daughter Amélie and four hairy miscreant dogs. When not scribbling, she can be found on the beach, up a tree, making jam or repairing things with her trusty glue gun

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